July 7th 2020

Kernow education blog – The changing face of synthetics in the Education Sector

Changing times have meant that synthetics within the education sector have taken on a whole new responsibility.  Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, synthetics had typically been used within schools for visual aids and signage, but with so many social distancing and sanitisation rules coming into force, synthetic printing has an even more important part to play in education.

In many cases there has been an almost immediate requirement for new signage within schools.  Notices displaying safety messages such as ‘wash your hands’ and ‘attention all visitors’ have been quickly printed and laminated to ensure clear communication to teachers, pupils and visitors, but for schools lacking resource this has been a timely, and in some cases costly exercise.

Outdoor signage has been required to give clear instructions to parents and students arriving to a ‘new normal’ involving bubbles, zones and revised class sizes.  Building entrances have needed signs and stickers to guide people on where to go.  But the longevity of printed outdoor signage is at risk to the elements such as wind and rain, and important information can become jeopardised, leaving teachers with the responsibility to yet again print, laminate and attach (however they can) to prominent outdoor locations.  Lamination may seem like the obvious choice, but it is essentially a ‘quick fix’ which will eventually require the task to be carried out again, particularly if the sign in question is hole punched, allowing the lamination barrier to be broken and for rain and water to seep in. A nicely printed sign which has taken time and effort to produce can soon become unreadable and unusable.

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A further benefit and requirement for synthetic media is with visual aids such as flash cards which act as visual supports and are an excellent way to engage with children while increasing vocabulary, promoting language development, and strengthening communication skills.

These require frequent handling and passing between students and teachers, and can quickly attract unwelcome germs and bacteria.  Lamination is once again a quick win as an in-house solution, but one that may bear a costly price tag after laminated materials are subjected to harsh cleaning products that they simply won’t withstand.

KernowPrint provides the ideal solution for printed materials that are used within educational environments.  Not only does it prove to save schools both time and money over lamination, but KernowPrint ensures that printed materials are tear proof and alcohol resistant, meaning that they will not only last but they will allow safe sanitisation using a variety of alcohol-based cleaners (ones that are proven to kill 99% of bacteria).

If you’re a supplier to the education sector or offer lamination services to schools, consider KernowPrint as an alternative option.  

Our team of experts can help you offer the perfect solution for your customers within the education sector.

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